Friday, April 24, 2015

shop accessories preview: 1940s-50s shoes, eyewear, and Coach bags

Here's a preview of a solid little collection of accessories coming to the shop:  1940s-1950s shoes, brass belt buckles, 1950s eyewear, and some great 1970s-1980s Coach leather bags.  All items begin arriving in the shop today!

1940s black velvet pumps, by QualiCraft.

1950s suede and leather slingback heels, by Jacqueline.

Late 1970s-1980s brown leather Coach bag.

Late 1970s-1980s white leather double sided Coach bag, originally a Bonnie Cashin design . . . ?

1940s black corde bag with brown satin lining, by JS Genuine Cordé.

1950s silvertone floral aluminum eyeglasses, by Artcraft.

1950s etched brown and gold glasses.

1980s chunky brass Mike belt buckle.

1980s brass tree belt buckle.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

shop preview: southwestern embroidery, a 1950s leaf print, and early 20th century blouses

An eye-catching shop preview this week with beautiful embroidery from the 1960s, cotton dresses from the 1950s, early 20th century blouses, and much more.  All items arriving in the shop starting today.

1960s embroidered Leona Caldwell shift dress.

1910s pale celadon green blouse with lace and pintucks.

1950s gray and yellow leaf print cotton sundress.

1980s rainbow buffalo plaid skirt with big pockets, by Ecco Bay.

1960s abstract print shirt dress.

1960s lime and orange floral print sleeveless cotton blouse with pintucks.

1960s mod dot print dress.

1950s golden rose embroidered kimono/robe.

1950s gray nautical stripe sundress.

1950s satin long line bra, by Gossard.

1960s sunflower and polka dot print cotton mini dress, by Cos Cob.

1900s white embroidered eyelet lace blouse.


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Betty Francis, formerly Draper: "I am thankful that I have everything that I want and that no one else has anything better."

You'd think Mad Men is all about men.  It's the title of the show.  Don's the central character, and the ad business circa 1960s is most definitely a man's world.  But it doesn't take long to realize that what this show is really all about is the women, and it's the women who are most intriguing and well-drawn characters.

Betty is a prime example.  She's been raised and trained to be a perfect wife and mother ("As far as I'm concerned, as long as men look at me that way, I'm earning my keep.")  But "perfect" for Betty is always going to be unattainable.  Sally gets hit in the face?  "It was a perfect nose.  And I gave it to you!"  Bobby gives away Betty's sandwich?  "It was a perfect day and he ruined it."  Forget being a perfect mother.  Once her babies are out of infancy, she is over it.  ("I'm here alone with them all day.  Out-numbered!")

Is Betty sad?  "No.  It's just my people are Nordic."  Okay, Betty.  Betty is sad, clearly sad, and it's this that gives the viewer some compassion for her.  But that compassion can only go so far.  As though she's learned nothing at all, Betty is determined to raise Sally with the same backwards, repressive rules that she had to grow up under:  "You don't kiss boys.  Boys kiss you."  But Sally has clearly shown that she's not going to be a mere reproduction of her mother.  

Is there hope for Betty?   In this last season, it does seem as though she may at last be breaking out of the mold set for her.  "You're sorry you forgot to inform me what I'm supposed to think!  Guess what, I think all by myself."  Yes, the woman who formerly scorned therapy, is going back to school to get a masters in psychology.  Yay!  And also--yikes!  Frankly, I'd love to watch a Dr. Betty Francis spinoff.

* "I know it's beyond your experience, but people love to talk to me.  They seek me out to share their confidences." | Gossip, an original collage, by Catwalk
* 1950s turquoise heels | pastoria
* That time when Betty was eating her emotions. | 1950s ice cream soda fountain glasses from ThirdShift
* 1970s yellow chiffon formal dress | AnatomyVintage
* Birdy poster | FishermansPorch
* "I'm not stupid.  I speak Italian." | vintage Italian language guide from ShopHereVintage
* 1960s floral dress | dethrosevintage
* vintage riding boots | SaffronColoredPony
* "I hate this place.  I hate our friends.  I hate this town." | 1960s 9 karat gold charm bracelet | TreasureIncUK


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

shop preview: a lion, mushrooms, and corn (oh my!)

This week's shop update is full of amazing prints--spinning tops, mushrooms, fruit and flowers, corn!--and some wonderfully dramatic dresses, from a 1920s black lace number to a Marimekko-esque maxi.  Oh, and the gold lion belt buckle/decoration on that Howard Wolf dress is just the bee's knees, isn't it?

All items are arriving in the shop starting today.

1950s Spinning Top print rayon blouse and skirt set.

1950s speckled green sweater, by Kerrybrooke.

1950s green gingham dress with lace trim.

1950s Penny Corn print cotton blouse, by Russ.

1960s pink and orange floral print maxi dress.

1950s fruit and flower print blouse, by Carol Brent.

1970s green and white linen maxi dress with accordion pleat skirt and lion belt, by Howard Wolf Boutique.

1960s mushroom, flower, and ladybug print cotton blouse with pintucks.

1920s Raven Feathers black sheer lace dress.

1950s tattersall check sleeveless Confetti Hearts blouse, by Dapper Duds.

1960s marine blue and lime green polished cotton shift dress, Rhapsody by Glazier.

1960s Berry and Bloom print cotton blouse, by Miss Fashionality.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Roger Sterling: "It's a mistake to be conspicuously happy. Some people don't like it."

Roger Sterling.  So suave, so naughty, so old school, and yet . . . kind of modern.  Roger is a contradiction.  He can be stuck in the past (ask him about his Navy days), but he embraces the future, at least in the form of very modern office decor and acid tripping (both thanks to his second wife, Jane).  He's a hard drinker who seems to hate to work ("Well, I gotta go learn a bunch of people's names before I fire them") . . . but he's usually the force behind all the major deal-making that occurs in the office.  He is a serious womanizer ("When God closes a door, he opens a dress"), but seems to have real and deep love (respect, even) for all the important women in his life, including his daughter.  I imagine there are people who would likely disagree with me on this point, but I always think of an early scene he has with Peggy, where she asks him for her own office.  He is simultaneously patronizing and admiring of her, telling her both that she's "cute" and "has balls."  I feel like that's Roger in a nutshell.  (She gets the office.)

  Roger not only has the best office decor, he also gets all the best lines on the show ("Why don't you take a nap?  Your face looks like a bag of walnuts").  It makes sense: this is, after all, the author of Sterling's Gold.

* "And you always said I never take you anywhere!" | The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe from BEATBOOKBONANZA
* 1960s mod Viking Glass ashtray | retrosymphony
* When I see a jacket like this with an ascot in the pocket or at the neck, my brain automatically sticks Roger's head on it. | double breasted men's jacket from CompanyMan
* 1968 Madison Avenue Datebook | CollectionSelection
* op art print | DELTANOVA
* "I can't say I know my furs that well.  I know my mother had a chinchilla; I was always on the verge of a romantic relationship with it." | 1960s Barbie fur stole from CalloohCallay
* "Have a drink.  It'll make me look younger." | Guzzini acrylic ice bucket from PopBam
* "Have another.  It's 9:30 for God's sake!" | mid century cocktail glasses from AlegriaCollection
* "It's incredible what passes for heroism these days.  I'd like ticker tape for pulling out of my driveway and going around the block three times." | 1944 U.S. Naval Training Center graduation photo from ElsieSaysSo
* Roger doesn't cry when he finds out his mother has died, or at her funeral.  But he does break down when he finds out that the building's shoeshine guy, Giorgio, has died, and that Giorgio's family had asked that Roger have his shoeshine kit. | 1960s shoeshine kit from WhimzyTime
 * 1960s Galaxy lounge chair attributed to Alf Svensson and Yngvar Sandström | 20cModern


 Updated to include photos of Roger!  I can't believe I forgot them.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

shop accessories preview: velvet pumps, a telephone cord bag, and sparkle!

A smart little collection of 1940s-1960s bags and shoes coming to the shop, starting today!

1940s black velvet pumps, by Palter DeLiso for DeLiso Debs.

1940s red fabric pumps, by QualiCraft.

1960s black heels with rhinestones, 

1950s black suede heels with removable elastic mary jane straps.

Mod 1960s silver heels with bows, by Beck.

1960s wicker and marbleized lucite box purse.

Extra large tooled leather bag, made in Mexico by Beatriz.

1940s-50s telephone cord/plastic coil purse.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

shop preview: 1920s liquid satin, 1950s gingham and plaid, Shaheen pussy willows

Coming to the shop this week:  stunning 1920s liquid satin, a Shaheen pussy willow print, summer-ready ginghams and plaids, and cute sweaters for layering with spring and summer dresses!  All items begin arriving in the shop today.

1950s Carousel Summer gingham dress with beading and rhinestones, by Jack Squire.

1960s monochrome flower cardigan, by Parisienne.

1920s Kir Royale liquid satin dress.

1960s Pumpkin Curry blouse, by Miss Jordan.

1960s blue and purple plaid dress with pockets, by Penney's Brentwood Frocks.

1960s quilted floral print skirt, by The Villager.

1970s country floral print cotton dress.

1960s blue and yellow floral print cotton blouse, by Judy Bond.

1950s pussy willow print dress, by Shaheen's of Honolulu.

1950s jade and silver quilted full circle skirt.

1950s black and gray plaid dress with pockets.

1960s pink passementerie trimmed short sleeve cardigan.



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